June 22, 2018

 

WOMAN INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Columbia woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 8:05pm Thursday in Callaway County.  57 year old Diana Edwards was a passenger in a truck driven by 33 year old Christopher Edwards of Columbia.  They were westbound on I-70 when the truck hydroplaned, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck the median cables.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN THURSDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A Truxton man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday night in Warren County.  45 year old Carl Breakfield Jr. was eastbound on I-70 when his car traveled off the left side of the road and struck the cable barrier.  He suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment.

 

TEEN HURT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY CRASH

 

A Washington teen was hurt in a Thursday afternoon crash in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 19 year old Dawson Neher was on Highway 47 when he failed to keep a proper lookout and his car struck the rear of a Chevy Blazer driven by 41 year old Melissa Allen of Lonedell.  The teen was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.

 




June 21, 2018

 

START OF SUMMER & FIREWORK STANDS OPENING SIGNALS HOLIDAY QUICKLING APPROACHING  

 

Today is June 21st, the first day of summer and opening day for many Firework stands across the listening area and throughout the state. That also means the next big holiday is fast approaching and Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, is encouraging Missouri’s travelers to make the choice to have a safe July Fourth holiday. Many people will travel somewhere to enjoy the many recreational opportunities in our state. No matter what you plan for the four-day holiday, you can choose to follow all Missouri traffic and boating laws. During the 102-hour counting period in 2017, 26 people were killed and 469 injured in Missouri over the holiday in 1,076 traffic crashes. Over the 2017 July Fourth holiday, troopers arrested 172 people for driving while intoxicated. The 2018 counting period for the July Fourth holiday will be from 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 3, to 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, a 30-hour counting period.  The Highway Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort) over the July Fourth holiday and that means all available officers will be patrolling Missouri’s roadways enforcing Missouri’s traffic laws in addition to being available to assist motorists. The Fourth of July holiday is one of the busiest boating holidays of the year. In 2017, there were nine boating crashes, which included three injuries and one fatality. One person drowned during last year's July Fourth holiday. Troopers made 23 boating while intoxicated arrests in 2017. Troopers will be working on the state’s waterways to enforce Missouri’s boating laws and assist where needed. Col. Karsten also said boaters need to be aware that it is illegal to discharge fireworks from a vessel. Leave all fireworks in a safe place on shore. Should you need assistance or witness criminal activity while traveling on Missouri’s roadways and waterways contact the nearest Highway Patrol troop headquarters by calling the Patrol Emergency Report Line at 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone.

 

MAN LAYING IN ROAD STRUCK BY VEHICLE IN RALLS COUNTY

 

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle just before 5am Wednesday. The patrol said the incident occurred on Route P, 4 miles north of Vandalia when a southbound vehicle driven by 45 year old Wendy R. Bishop of Center struck a pedestrian laying in the roadway. The pedestrian was identified as 21 year old Jonathon L. Graner of St. Charles. He was transported by Van Far Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital with serious injuries. The Ralls County Sheriff’s office and Vandalia Police Department provided on site assistance.

 

WOMAN KILLED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A woman was killed in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday night in Morgan County.  35 year old Jessi Wells of Gravois Mills was on Bass Point Road when her Jeep Grand Cherokee traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.  She was taken to Lake Regional Hospital where she died from her injuries a short time later.

 

TEEN HURT IN CALLAWAY COUNTY CRASH

 

A Fulton teen was hurt in a Wednesday evening crash in Callaway County.  19 year old Cody Renner was on Route UU when he failed to negotiate a turn and his truck ran off the left side of the road, struck a ditch, a culvert and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




June 20, 2018

 

TEEN HURT IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A Lake Ozark teen was hurt in an accident Tuesday afternoon in Miller County.  18 year old Elizabeth Worthey was a passenger in a car driven by 20 year old Kayla Barb of Independence.  They were on 324 Blue Springs Drive when Barb’s lost control of her car and it began to skid, overcorrected, causing it to run off the left side of the roadway and hit a utility pole.  Elizabeth Worthey was taken to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

OWENSVILLE MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER STRIKING TREE

 

A man from Owensville was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries after traveling off the road and striking a tree Tuesday morning.  According to a Highway Patrol report, 59-year-old Dibby Ditto of Owensville was northbound on MO 89 a half mile north of County Road 803 at 9:35 a.m. when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the road and struck a tree.  Ditto was transported to the hospital by Osage County EMS.

 

STOLEN MOPED RECOVERED AND ARRESTS MADE

 

On Monday at approximately 8:26am, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1600 block of N Olive in reference to a theft.  Responding personnel learned that a moped had been stolen from a shed during the overnight hours.  Investigation led officers to a home in the 900 block of Muldrow, where they contacted 26 year old Kyle T Vansickle and 34 year old Lindsey N Lortie.  While officers spoke with the two, Vansickle ran from the scene.  Officers chased him through yards for about two blocks before he was taken into custody without injury. Vansickle was processed at MPSD and taken to the Audrain County Jail for a Probation & Parole violation warrant.  Lortie was processed at MPSD and taken to the Audrain County Jail for a warrant out of Cole County The stolen moped was recovered and returned to the owner.  Additional charges are pending.

 




June 19, 2018

 

NEAR HEAD ON COLLISION FOR HALLSVILLE & CENTRALIA DRIVERS

 

The patrol investigated a wreck in Audrain County on MO 151 just south of County Road 116 around 1:15 Monday afternoon. 83 year old James T. Odom of Hallsville was southbound when his vehicle crossed the highway and traveled off the left side of the roadway, overcorrected and returned to the roadway and struck a northbound vehicle operated by 51 year old Michelle D. Schmidt of Centralia nearly head on. Odem had minor injures and was transported to Boone Hospital for treatment.

 

FULTON MAN SUSPECTED OF BURGLARY AND ASSAULT

 

Fulton police arrested a man Sunday night after a reported burglary. KMIZ.com reports Officers arrested Isaac Butler in the 100 block of West 8th Street around 8:30 PM. A woman told police that she came home to find Butler inside and that he attacked her, according to Fulton police. The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries. Butler is being held in the Callaway County Jail on suspicion of burglary and fourth degree assault. 

 

MPSD RESPONDS TO FIRE IN BUSINESS DUMPSTER

 

Sunday at approximately 1:36PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 2700 block of S. Clark in reference to a business’ dumpster being on fire.  Responding personnel found the contents of the dumpster to be burning as well some of the wood on the fence that ran around the dumpster and some material sitting nearby waiting to be recycled.  The fire had also spread to the corner of a nearby storage building and a grassy area across a driveway.  The fire was contained and extinguished in those areas with the storage building and contents only suffering minor damage and part of the wooden fence suffering moderate fire damage.  The precise cause of the fire is yet to be determined but there is no indication it was intentionally set.  It appears the cause was careless use or disposal of smoking material.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 




June 18, 2018

 

DANGEROUSLY HOT WEATHER CONTINUES

 

The dangerously hot weather is holding on with strong grips throughout the area.  Of course the heat isn’t the only thing rising as we will all feel the affects of the increased temps on our electric bills and other costs this next billing cycle and that includes those who provide electricity as Area utilities are also having to cope.  Ameren had a power outage Saturday afternoon that affected Boonville, New Franklin and other parts of Howard and Cooper County, including the Boonville hospital which was without regular power and was operating on power provided by generators.  At one time Ameren said outages started being reported between 5 and 7pm Saturday night and over 1800 locations were affected and without power.

  

NEW FLORENCE MAN KILLED IN LINCOLN COUNTY WRECK

 

A New Florence man is dead and a Troy man charged with DWI and Involuntary Manslaughter following a Lincoln County crash Saturday night.  The patrol said 22 year old Nicholas A. Schulte of Troy was northbound on Beck Road, south of Shepherd Farm Road in Lincoln County around 10:40pm Saturday when he failed to negotiate a curve to the right and the vehicle went off the left side of the road and began to overturn ejecting a passenger.  The passenger was identified as 20 year old Dillon W. Krause of New Florence who was pronounced dead on the scene a short time later by Lincoln County Ambulance Personnel.  Schulte sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene. He was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and Driving while Intoxicated.

 

HERMANN DRIVER HURT IN MOTORCYCLE WRECK

 

A Hermann resident was hurt in a motorcycle accident in Gasconade County around 4:40pm Saturday.  The patrol said 60 year old David R. Ruediger was southbound on Route H, just south of Little Berger Road when his motorcycle went off the roadway and struck a guardrail.  He was ejected from the cycle and sustained serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 




June 15, 2018

 

TRUCK DRIVER HURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A truck driver was hurt in an accident that occurred at 3:50pm Thursday in Montgomery County.  29 year old Willie Gonzalez-Colon of Elizabeth, New Jersey was eastbound on I-70 when his tractor trailer traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to Hermann Area District Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

A man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Thursday afternoon in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 51 year old Chad Bird of Decorah, IA was riding his motorcycle on MO 19 when he lost control as he approached a stop sign and it overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

COLUMBIA PD SEEKING INFORMATION AND SUSPECTS

 

Columbia Police officers were called to the 2800 block of Mexico Gravel Road just after midnight Wednesday morning where a firearm was brandished.  The investigation revealed a 24 year old woman and a one year old juvenile were inside a home in the area when the woman heard a knock at the door.  When the woman answered the door, she saw a female and according to the news release, the female stepped back and three black male suspects forced their way into the home.  One of the suspects brandished a firearm and held the victim while the other two searched the residence. One of the suspects struck the juvenile, who had minor injuries from the hit.  The suspects took property from the victim before fleeing the area.  Columbia Police are continuing their investigation and is asking anyone with any information to contact the department at (573) 874-7652, or call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

KIDNAPPING SUSPECT ARRESTED IN MACON COUNTY

 

This past Monday night at approximately 9:30pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 600 block of Summit in reference to a child being taken without permission.  Responding personnel spoke with the legal guardian of a male infant.  The infant’s mother is Toinyia Combs, age 20 of Mexico The guardian had met Combs in a public place, allowing Combs to visit with the infant.  Combs then took the infant to a car and drove from the area, despite the guardian attempting to stop her. 

Law enforcement statewide was notified of the incident, and at approximately 11:11pm, a Trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol located Combs and the infant in Macon County The infant was returned to the guardian uninjured, and Combs was arrested and held in the Macon County Jail pending MPSD and the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney obtaining a warrant for Parental Kidnapping.

 

 




June 14, 2018

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Mexico teen was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 5:25pm Wednesday in Audrain County.  19 year old Brandon Barger was on Route D when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, causing it to return to the road and run off the left side and overturned and struck a utility pole.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday afternoon in Miller County.  16 year old Dylan Hallmark of Versailles was on US 54 when his vehicle ran off the right side of the road and then returned to the roadway where he overcorrected, causing it to exit the right side of the roadway and strike a road sign.  He sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment.

 

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE FOR DAIRY FARMERS EXTENDED

 

The USDA has extended the re-enrollment deadline for the Margin Protection Program for Dairy until June 22nd.  The new and improved program protects participating dairy producers when the margin, the difference between the price of milk and feed costs, falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant.  USDA has already issued more than $80 million for margins triggered in February, March and April and USDA offices are continuing to process remaining payments daily.  The re-enrollment deadline was previously extended through June 8th as many producers were in the field.  The deadline is being extended a second time to ensure that dairy producers are given every opportunity to make a calculated decision and enroll in the program if they choose.  This will be the last opportunity for producers to take advantage of this year’s program.

 

 




June 13, 2018

 

MAN KILLED IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

A St. Louis man was killed in a Tuesday afternoon crash in Franklin County.  57 year old Thomas Palozola was on I-44 when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his car to travel off the roadway before overturning and ejecting him from the car.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

FULTON DRIVER RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES IN WRECK

 

An 18 year old man from Fulton sustained minor injuries and was taken to Fulton Medical Center for treatment after an accident on County Road 204, one and a half miles east of County Road 305 in Callaway County shortly after 9 o’clock last (TUES) night.  The patrol said Michael A. Hyde swerved to miss a deer and struck a fence.

 

FOUR HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Four people from O’Fallon, MO were hurt in an accident that occurred at around 12:45pm Tuesday in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 66 year old Sandie Palmer was on Highway 364 when she decided to change lanes and ran into the path of another car driven by 16 year old Grace Dempsey.  Both drivers and two passengers in Palmer’s car 10 year old Quintin and 12 year old Wyatt Manlove suffered minor injuries.  All four were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment.

 

BOONE COUNTY ONE CAR WRECK

 

A Bourbon, MO driver received moderate injuries in Boone County just before 3am Tuesday in addition to being arrested on 12 charges related to that crash.  The patrol said 35 year old Tabitha L. Freeman was northbound on US 63 at Turkey Creek when her vehicle went off the roadway, struck a concrete bridge rail and began to rotate.  The vehicle then returned to the roadway and went off the other side of the road and came to rest facing southbound.  The driver was transported to University Hospital for treatment.  In addition, the patrol arrested the driver on 12 charges.  1) FELONY DELIVERY OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 2) FELONY POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, METHAMPHETAMINE, 23 GRAMS 3) PSYCHEDELIC MUSHROOMS, 3 GRAMS - FELONY 4) POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 37 PILLS - ALPRAZOLAM 5) POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 1 PILL - ACETAMINOPHEN AND HYDROCODONE 6) POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - LESS THAN 1 GRAM OF HEROIN 7) POSSESSION OF LESS THAN 35 GRAMS OF MARIJUANA 8) POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA 9) DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED 10) C&I OPERATION INVOLVING AN ACCIDENT 11) DWI - DRUGS 12) NO INSURANCE.

 




June 12, 2018

 

TWO DRIVERS INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two drivers were injured in an accident that occurred at 12am Tuesday in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 57 year old Donna Bucheit of O’Fallon was westbound on I-70 when she failed to observe a truck and a freightliner stopped for congestion ahead and her Ford Edge struck the truck in the rear causing it to strike the rear of the freightliner.  Both Donna Bucheit and the driver of the truck 68 year old Gloria Burns of Moberly were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TEENS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

Two teens from Sullivan, MO were seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Monday night in Franklin County.  17 year old Drake Hill and his passenger 15 year old Bode Janish were on Elmont Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, lost control and his car crossed the center line, traveled off the left side of the road and struck a ditch.  Both teens sustained serious injuries.  Drake Hill was taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital while Bode Janish was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan for treatment.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CRASH

 

A Troy man was seriously injured in a Saturday morning crash in Lincoln County.  25 year old Matthew Green was on MO 47 when his car ran off the right edge of the road, struck a highway sign, returned to the roadway, crossed both lanes of MO 47, traveled off the left edge of the road, struck a utility pole and the impact forced the car to rotate in a counter-clockwise manner and came to rest on its wheels facing west off the north edge of MO 47.  He was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

 




June 11, 2018

 

MO 161/ROUTE J IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY WILL UNDERGO BRIDGE REPLACEMENT OVER I-70 NEAR DANVILLE

 

MO 161 and Route J will both close at the bridge around 5:30 p.m. on Monday so the contractor can begin setting signs and prepare for the bridge demolition.  The contractor will be hauling sand in to protect the I-70 surface under the bridge during demolition.  I-70 is expected to close around 10:00 p.m.  While all lanes of I-70 will be closed under the bridge during the demolition, traffic will be rerouted up and over the ramps.  There will be a reduced speed limit.  Weather permitting, it is expected that all lanes on I-70 will be open by the following Tuesday evening.

 

FULTON MOTORCYCLIST TAKEN TO HOSPITAL

 

A man from Fulton was injured and taken to University Hospital in Columbia following a Callaway County accident on Route HH at County Road 214. The patrol said 23 year old Dillon M. Wood was southbound during the noon hour Sunday and failed to negotiate a curve.  His motorcycle went off the road striking a ditch. The extent of his injuries wasn’t listed.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE SEARCHING FOR DRIVER AFTER HIT AND RUN IN DOWNTOWN AREA

 

The Columbia Police Department is investigating and looking for a driver involved in a hit and run Sunday night in downtown Columbia. According to the report police were called just before 10:30 Sunday night when a car ran a red light and hit a car off Broadway.  No one was injured and police do have a suspect in the case.

 

DON’T MISS WHAT MATTERS- STATEWIDE PEDESTRIAN AWARENESS CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF MONDAY

 

Whether driving a vehicle, walking or biking, keep your head up and be alert – you don’t want to miss what matters.  The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is announcing a week-long campaign June 11-18 focusing on pedestrian safety.  The campaign will be geared toward pedestrians and drivers, educating both about being alert and what to watch out for to ensure everyone is safe.  In 2017, 98 pedestrians were killed in Missouri and 264 were seriously injured. The top pedestrian contributing factors involved were failure to yield, alcohol or drug impairment, and distraction/inattention.

 




Weekend Report- June 9-10, 2018

 

WOMAN HURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A woman was hurt in an accident that occurred at 1:20pm Saturday in Montgomery County.  30 year old Trisha Vernon of California, MO was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by 28 year old Daniel Tooley of California.  They were on Highway 19 when he made a right turn and hit an unknown oil based liquid in the roadway, causing the motorcycle to slide and overturn.  Trisha Vernon was transported by ambulance to Hermann Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

A Versailles man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday evening in Morgan County.  59 year old Joel Driscoll was riding his motorcycle on Route W when he failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the road and overturned.  He was taken to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER INJURED IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Osage County.  72 year old James Highfill of Morrison, MO was on MO 89 when he fell asleep at the wheel, causing his van to cross the center of the roadway, run off the left side of the road, strike a sign and a culvert.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

 




June 8, 2018

 

MAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A man was injured in an accident that occurred at 10:05pm Thursday in Montgomery County.  42 year old Kenneth Jackson of Hillsboro attempted to cross the roadway on eastbound I-70 and walked in front of a car driven by 35 year old Wende Wagner of New Florence and her car struck the man.  He was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TRACTOR CRASH IN CALLAWAY COUNTY

 

A Jefferson City man received moderate injuries in an accident involving a farm tractor Thursday morning.  According to a Highway Patrol report, Jerome Kampeter was eastbound Thursday morning on US 54 at Route J when he lost control of his vehicle, traveled off the right side of the road, and overturned when re-entering the highway.  He was transported by ambulance to a Jefferson City hospital for treatment.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THURSDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday morning in Pike County.  82 year old Thomas Sitton of Eolia was southbound on Route D when he failed to maintain control of his Chevy Blazer, causing it to cross into the northbound lane before running off the east edge of the roadway, striking a tree with its left side, continued southbound and struck a second tree with its left front corner and overturned.  He was air-lifted by Air Evac LifeTeam to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

STREET FIGHT MAY HAVE LED TO MAN BEING HIT BY CAR

 

On Wednesday, at approximately 11pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 300 block of Craig Street in reference to a person being hit by a car.  Responding personnel learned that 21 year old Amanda Walker of Laddonia, was traveling south on Craig Street when she struck Richard Dollens, of Mexico, who was in the roadway.  This apparently occurred after Dollens and another man were in a fight in the 700 block of MacFarlane and a group of people gathered leading to other, smaller fights breaking out.  Walker’s vehicle received damage from the crash.  Dollens complained of pain to his left side and he was later taken to SSM Health / St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain by friends and family.  His injuries were treated and he was released.  MPSD is continuing the investigation to determine appropriate charges against the various people involved.

 




June 7, 2018

 

WOMAN HURT IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

An O’Fallon woman was hurt in an accident that occurred at 12:40am Thursday in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 61 year old Patricia Medley was westbound on I-64 when she fell asleep at the wheel, causing her car to travel off the right side of the roadway, strike an embankment and overturned.  She was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

CONTRACT AWARDED FOR REPLACING HOWARD COUNTY BRIDGE

 

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded a contract to Widel, Inc. to replace the Howard County Route V bridge over Doxie Creek west of Armstrong.  The contractor submitted the lowest bid of $463,613.  The replacement of the 70 year-old bridge is scheduled to begin this summer and be completed in the fall. When a start date is established, MoDOT will alert the public about the project through signs, news releases and social media.  The roadway will be closed once work begins.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD OPENS ON STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

 

A draft of the 2019-2023 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) that builds on the Missouri Department of Transportation’s long-range transportation plan, financial forecast, asset management plan and the prioritization of project needs at the local level by planning partners was presented Wednesday to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

Transportation Planning Director Machelle Watkins told commissioners the draft STIP includes 1,319 projects, which for the most part will maintain the system in the condition it is in today. On average, this STIP annually invests in 586 lane miles of interstate pavements, 1,065 miles of major route pavements, 2,754 miles of minor route pavements and 172 bridges.

Missouri has the nation’s seventh largest state highway system with 33,856 miles of roadways and 10,403 bridges but ranks 46th nationally in revenue per mile.

The STIP details an annual construction program of $900 million per year for the five-year period, up from $850 million in Fiscal Year 2018. But it is still insufficient to meet the state’s unfunded high-priority transportation needs that are estimated in MoDOT’s “Citizen’s Guide to Transportation Funding” at an additional $825 million per year.

For the second straight year, the draft STIP includes more detailed project information for non-highway modes of transportation than in the past, and also includes a section detailing the planned operations and maintenance activities for the next two years, alongside expenditures for those same activities in the prior year. This additional information is provided to allow Missourians to more easily see how their transportation funding is invested.

The draft 2019-2023 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program lists transportation projects planned by state and regional planning agencies for fiscal years 2019 through 2023 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2023). The proposed program is available for public review. Those interested in seeing the program or offering comments can contact MoDOT by email to STIPcomments@modot.mo.gov, by calling customer service at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636), or by mail to Transportation Planning, Program Comments, P.O. Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102. The program is also available on MoDOT's website, www.modot.org/plansandprojects/construction_program/DRAFT_STIP2019-2023/index.htm, and at MoDOT district and regional offices around the state. The formal comment period ends July 6.

Following the public review period, the comments will be presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. The Commission will review the comments and the final transportation program before considering it for approval at its July 11 meeting in Springfield.

 




June 6, 2018

 

FIVE NOW CHARGED IN DEATH OF MAN ENCASED IN CONCRETE IN FULTON STORAGE SHED

 

Five people have been charged in the death of a developmentally disabled Missouri man whose body was found encased in concrete months after he disappeared.  Two of those arrested and charged Tuesday ran the home in Fulton where 31 year old Carl DeBrodie lived before he disappeared in 2016.  His body was found in April 2017 in a Fulton storage shed.  Callaway County Prosecutor Christopher Wilson announced that 53 year old Sherry Paulo and 58 year old Anthony R. Flores, both of Fulton, face five counts in DeBrodie's death, including first-degree involuntary manslaughter.  The three others face misdemeanors of making a false report of a missing person.  A lawsuit filed last week alleged Paulo and Flores took DeBrodie to their home, forced him to fight and then left him to die before disposing of his body.

 

TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two people from St. James, MO were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 4:55pm Tuesday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 37 year old Laura Picker was westbound on I-44 when one of the tires on her truck blew out, causing it to travel off the left side of the road, hit the median cable, continued west and struck the median guardrail.  She sustained serious injuries, while her passenger 17 year old Sophia Cacie-Bedrosian suffered moderate injuries.  Both were taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan for treatment.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

A St. Louis man was seriously injured in a Tuesday night crash in St. Charles County.  26 year old Adrian Clark was riding his motorcycle on Route A when he failed to stop for a stop sign and entered into the path of a truck driven by 40 year old Garland Hill of Wentzville and the motorcycle struck the truck, ejecting Adrian Clark from his motorcycle.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 




June 5, 2018

 

ONE PERSON INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK

 

A one vehicle accident in Callaway County sent a Holts Summit driver to the hospital. The patrol said 26 year old Kirk R. Stafford was eastbound on Route AA at County Road 4005 at 6am Monday when his vehicle went off the road, struck a tree and overturned.  Stafford received serious injuries and was transported via Staff for Life to University Hospital in Columbia.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

A Desoto man was seriously injured in a Monday afternoon crash in Jefferson County.  55 year old Randy Osia was on Route P when he fell asleep at the wheel, causing his Hummer to travel off the right side of the roadway and strike several trees.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

MOTORCYCLIST HURT IN MONDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

A motorcyclist was hurt in a Monday night accident in Cooper County.  48 year old Davin Johnson of South Carolina was riding his motorcycle westbound on I-70 when it ran off the left side of the road and overturned.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital for treatment.

 




June 4, 2018

 

WOMAN KILLED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A woman was killed in an accident that occurred at 10:30pm Saturday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 29 year old Kaileigh Weaks of Leslie, MO was a passenger on an ATV driven by 26 year old Casey Weaks.  They were on Fox Creek Road when it traveled partially off the right side of the road and he overcorrected, causing it to travel off the left side of the road, where its front end struck a tree.  The woman was pronounced dead at the scene while the man was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

A man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon in Pike County.  52 year old Phillip Pohlman of Jacksonville, IL was riding his motorcycle on Route D when it ran off the right side of the road and overturned.  He was taken to Pike County Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A Centralia teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon in Boone County.  19 year old Chyanne Reno was on Route Z when she failed to negotiate a curve and her vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and two posts.  She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




Weekend Report- June 2-3, 2018

 

WOMAN HURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Montgomery City woman was hurt in an accident that occurred at 2:35pm Friday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 29 year old Nicholas Myhren of Montgomery City was on Old Williamsburg Road when his Jeep Grand Cherokee crossed the center line and struck a car driven by 42 year old Candy Hering of Montgomery City head-on.  She was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.

 

TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN ATV CRASH

 

Two people from Centralia were injured, one seriously in an ATV crash early Saturday morning in Boone County.  29 year old Boone Lee and his passenger 31 year old Ashley Dodge were riding an ATV on Pinnacles Road when it struck a guardrail at the end of the roadway, became airborne and ejected them from the ATV.  Boone Lee sustained serious injuries while Ashley Dodge suffered moderate injuries.  Both were taken to University Hospital for treatment.

 

MAN INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Warrenton man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday morning in Warren County.  70 year old Kenneth Huddleston was westbound on I-70 when his car traveled off the left side of the road, overcorrected, returned to the roadway, ran off the right side of the road, overturned and came to rest upright on the North Outer Road.  He was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




June 1, 2018

 

MAN INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Winfield man was injured in an accident that occurred at 4:35pm Thursday in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 44 year old Robert Jennings was on Route H when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway attempting to avoid another vehicle, overcorrected, began to skid and overturned on the passenger side.  He was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of moderate injuries.  

 

DRIVER HURT IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday afternoon in Warren County.  53 year old Anthony Smith of St. Louis was westbound on I-70 when his car ran off the left side of the road and struck the median cable barrier.  He was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

 

BOONVILLE MAN INJURED IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A Boonville man was injured in an early Thursday morning crash in Cooper County.  24 year old Dakota Reed was eastbound on I-70 when his truck traveled off the left side of the road, slid and came back on to the road and then ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a guardrail, continued sliding until it came to rest in the passing lane of I-70.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

HOME RUN AGAINST HUNGER GATHERS OVER 15 TONS OF FOOD

 

One in six adults and one in five children in Missouri experience food insecurity.  For the third consecutive year, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance teamed up with Feeding Missouri to help. Insurance producers and customer service representatives across the state collected donations throughout April and May at their local offices.  Donations were locally distributed to Feeding Missouri’s partner agencies.  The statewide food drive wrapped up with a total of 31,891 pounds or 15.9 tons of non-perishables and $6,049 in donations.  In efforts to bring awareness to food insecurities around the state, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance and Feeding Missouri will continue to work together throughout 2018 including giving a percentage of each ticket sold to the Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance Day at the Ballpark game at Busch Stadium on Saturday June 30 to Feeding Missouri.  To learn more about food insecurities in Missouri, visit feedingmissouri.org.  

 




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